Reading the “A-Z of cool” this morning in Timeout (a London What’s On guide) on the tube really got me thinking. Why is it that something becomes cool, what does “cool” really mean?
Furry hats and polaroids?
I’m going to put it out there, at one point in our lives, we’ve all wanted to be cool (as a reminder just have a little look back through pics of you in the 80s, 90s, insert as appropriate, etc).
Remembering back now, the things that I thought were cool fell into one of two categories:
1. the things most people were doing / wearing / saying / watching / listening to…
2. the things that no one else was doing / wearing / saying / watching or listening to…
But perhaps these follow from each other in a cycle… because there is a saturation point – you know, where once everyone is doing it, it’s not so cool anymore and you don’t want to, however it might just be because it wasn’t cool in the first place!
For me, my definition of being “cool” is doing exactly what you want, the way you want – which makes you content and happy in your own skin.
P.S. Just so you know, hot predictions for this year apparently are barn dancing, chicken dinners, jousting (yes, really!) and non-secret bars (IT CAN’T BE?!)…. oh and, apparently no reservation restaurants will get bigger (NOOO!!!) you heard it here – I’ll let you decide if it’s your kind of cool.